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Great Central Asia Tour - 23 Days

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25. July 2020 - 16. August 2020 Available 3,060
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Travel plans are always good. A travel plan does not allow us to put it aside, but we do not have to create a travel guide for travel abroad. The plane or train may be delayed, the weather may be rainy, the restaurant may not have your favourite food – the world is not perfect! You don’t have to be disappointed if a tour doesn’t appeal to you or doesn’t meet your expectations. Great Central Asia Tour is an opportunity for you to discover the world and gather interesting information. Travel in a way that every minute you spend with us will be unforgettable! Central Asia – the Region with fascinating Landscapes, Countries, Cultures, People and Religions. Visit breathtaking landscapes and historical sites of Central Asia! Get to know the culture and people. Great Central Asia Tour – enjoy the world-famous Central Asian cuisine during this Tour!

On this Tour you will get to know the famous Ahaltekin horses, visit the ruins of fortresses built during the reign of Alexander the Great and a wonder of Nature, “the Gate of Hell” – Darvaza. Visit the world-famous cities of the Great Silk Road such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and don’t forget to visit the Fergana Valley, situated between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Lake Issyk Kul, 3000 meters above sea level, or the second largest gorge in the world, Charyn Canyon.

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Ashgabat – Treasure in the Desert!

Day 3: In the Kingdom of Margiana

Day 4: Ashgabat – Treasure in the Desert!

Day 5: The oasis city Kunya Urgench!

Day 6: Khiva – Museum in the open air!

Day 7: Khiva – Museum in the open air!

Day 8: Through the red Wonder!

Day 9: Bukhara – Pearl of the Orient

Day 10: Bukhara – Pearl of the Orient

Day 11: Samarkand – on the Trail of Temur’s Treasure

Day 12: Samarkand – on the Trail of Temur’s Treasure

Day 13: In the Mountain Region – Chorvoq

Day 14: Tashkent – where Modern and Old meet

Day 15: Khujand – Settlement of Alexander the Great

Day 16: Ferghana – experience the industrial History of Uzbekistan!

Day 17: Osh – the City of King Solomon; Osh → Bishkek

Day 18: Bishkek – Capital of the Nomads; Bishkek → Cholpon-Ata

Day 19: Cholpon-Ata: at Lake Issyk Kul; Cholpon-Ata → Bishkek

Day 20: Bishkek – Capital of the Nomads; Bishkek → Almaty

Day 21: Almaty – Fatherland of Apples

Day 22: Almaty → Charyn Canyon → Almaty

Day 23: Early Morning Transfer to the Airport and Departure

Day 1
Arrival (-/-/-)

Arrival in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2
Ashgabat - Treasure in the Desert (B/-/D)

After breakfast at the hotel we visit modern Side of Ashgabat, the historical places Anew (5-3th BC) and historical Museum in Ashgabat. Dinner at the local Restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 3
In the Kingdom of Margiana (B/-/D)

After breakfast at the hotel Transfer to the Airport and we fly to Mary. In Mary we visit the ruins of Alexandria (Antiochia) and region Margush: Sultan Kala (10-11th c.), Erk Kala (7th bc.), Gyaur Kala (IIIth bc.), Karavansaray Dandanakan (MA.), Kyz Kala (8-12th c.), Mausoleum Askhabov (15th c.), Mausoleum Sultan Sanjar (12th c.) and Muhammad ibn Said (12th c.) mosque-mausoleum. Lunch and Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 4
Ashgabat - Treasure in the Desert (B/-/D)

After breakfast at the hotel Transfer to the Airport and we will fly to Ashgabat. Check-in to the hotel, we visit the historical monuments in Ashgabat, Ahal-Tekin horse farm and ruined city of Nisa. In the afternoon we drive to the Darvaza – Gate to Hell, a Wonder of Nature. Dinner and Overnight stay in the Tent at Darvaza.

Day 5
The oasis city Kunya Urgench (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will drive to Kunya Urgench. In Kunya Urgench we visit the historical monuments Ak Kala (15-17th c.), Gurganj, Komplex ibn Khadjib (14-16th c.), Lunch at the local Restaurant. In the afternoon we drive to the border checkpoint Uzbekistan → Turkmenistan. After the border formalities we drive to Khiva, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Khiva, with about 89 500 inhabitants (as of 2017), is located in the northwest of Uzbekistan west of the Amudarya river on the old Silk Road. Since 1967 Khiva is Museum City and in 1997 Uzbekistan celebrated the 2500th anniversary of the city. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 6
Khiva - Museum in the open air (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we will visit the historical city “Ichan Qala”. Dinner with live folklore Music in the old city Ichan Kala. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 7
Khiva - Museum in the open air (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we will visit the historical city “Ichan Qala”. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 8
Through the red Wonder (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we will drive to Bukhara (480 km). While driving through the Desert Kysyl-Kum (Red Sand) you experience the unique expanse of desert landscape in Central Asia. The Kysyl-Kum Desert is about 200 000 square kilometres and it partly lies in the territories of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It is covered with red sand from which the Name of the Desert derives. On the way to Bukhara we make a short stop at the teahouse “Bukhoro-i-Sharif”, where you can have lunch or just relax and drink tea. Dinner at a local Restaurant in Bukhara. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 9
Bukhara - Pearl of the Orient (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we will visit Poyi Kalon Ensemble consisting of Kalon Minaret (12th c.), Kalon Mosque (12th c.), Miri Arab Madrasah (16th c.), domed bazaars Toqi Zargaron (15th c.), Toqi Telpak-Furushon (16th c.) and Toqi Zaroffon (16th c.). Continue we will visit Lyabi-Khauz Complex (14-17th c.) and Nodir Devonbegi Madrasah. Dinner at Nodir Devonbegi Madrasah along with traditional folklore Program. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 10
Bukhara - Pearl of the Orient (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we will visit Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Bolo-Khauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), Samanides Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashmai Ayub (14th c.), Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Complex, summer residence of the last Emir (ruler) of Bukhara, Bakhouddin Naqshbandiy Memorial Complex, Chor Bakr (19th c.) and Chor Minor. In the afternoon we drive to Samarkand. Afterwards we will have Dinner for you. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 11
Samarkand - on the Trail of Temur's Treasure (B/-/D)

After breakfast we drive to Samarkand and check in to the hotel. Samarkand (540 000 inhabitants, 2019) has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The history of the city goes back over 2500 years. Visitors are fascinated by the walls of the legendary Afrasiyab, the capital of the ancient empire Sogd (9th century B.C.), which can still be found in the north of Samarkand today. Not for nothing Samarkand is called a jewel of the earth. Our journey in Samarkand begins at the famous Registan (sand place), whose construction was already started during the Timurid period and completed in the following three hundred years. Sightseeing of three Medressen of the Registan – the Ulugbek-Medresse (built 1417-1420), the Sher-Dor-Medresse (1619 – 1636) and the Tillo-Kori-Medresse (1646 – 1660). For lunch you will be offered traditional Uzbek dish Pilav. Depending on your wishes you can also order something else (our recommendation: try at least once the traditional dish Pilav in Samarkand, it is only prepared for lunch). In the afternoon we visit the legendary Timurid mausoleum Guri Amir (XIV-XV century). Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in 3-star hotel.

Day 12
Samarkand - on the Trail of Temur's Treasure (B/-/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Bibi Hanum Mosque and Medresse (14th century) and we will be told the legends connected with the buildings. Afterwards we will visit the traditional oriental “Siyab bazaar”. Near the Siyab bazaar there is an ensemble of Shohi-Zinda (the living king, “IX.-XIV century), one of the world’s most famous group of mausoleums, which fasinate you with its beautiful architecture. Next we will visit the famous Ulugbek Observatory (1428-1429 which was built on one of the hills of Chupanata). The observatory was a unique design in his time. About 16.00 o’clock Transfer to the Railway Station and we drive with the express train “Afrosiyob” to Tashkent (departure at 17:00; arrival at 19:40). Dinner in a traditional Restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 13
In the Mountain Region - Chorvoq (B/-/D)

After breakfast we drive to Chorvoq (87 km). In the Morning easy hiking tour, at noon we go swimming in the lake, in the late afternoon we drive back to Tashkent. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 14
Tashkent - where Modern and Old meet (B/-/D)

After breakfast city tour in Tashkent. Tashkent , the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan, lies in the northeast of Uzbekistan and is with over two million people the largest metropolis in Central Asia . While visiting historical sights of the Capital, you can also enjoy the modern side of the city. The city offers modern Hotels, Restaurants, Theatres, Cinemas, Operas, Disco, Oriental Bazaars, of course also a thousand years old History to look back on. During the city tour we will visit Barak Khan Medrasah (building ensemble from the 15-17 c.), the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (built in the 16 c. and rebuilt in the 19 c.), the mosque Khojah Akhror (1404-1490, Khojah Akhror was a Sheikh of the Naqshbandi Order). Afterwards we will visit the Medrese Kukaldosh (16th century), the traditional Chorsu-Bazaar . Dinner at a local Restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 15
Khujand - Settlement of Alexander the Great (B/L/D)

After breakfast we drive to Khujand. We visit the historical city of Khujand, which was founded in 329 B.C. by Alexander the Great. We visit the Museum of Archaeology, the Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque and the Payshanba Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Tajikistan. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 16
Ferghana - experience the industrial History of Uzbekistan (B/L/D)

After Breakfast we will drive to Kokand. The city of Kokand, with 251 700 (2019) inhabitants, is the junction of the Great Silk Road. Kokand was once the capital of the eponymous Khanate in the 19th century. In Kokand we will visit the Palace of Khudayar Khan, built between 1833 and 1873, with it’s about seventy-meter-wide and infinitely colorful facades. We visit Juma Mosque (1809-1812) and the Madrasah Amin Beg. Afterwards we drive to Rishtan. In Rishtan almost 90% of the ceramics offered in Uzbekistan are produced and the ceramic production in Rishtan has been passed on from father to son for about 800 years. We visit a ceramic craftsmen family in Rishtan. We will learn how to produce ceramics in the traditional way. We continue our tour to Margilan, one of the oldest and industrial cities of Uzbekistan. Margilan has always played an important role in the History of the Silk Road. For lunch we will have lunch in a traditional tearoom in Margilan. In Margilan we visit historical-traditional Silk Factory called “Yodgorlik”, which continues centuries-old tradition. We will also visit the bazaar in Margilan. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 2-star hotel.

Day 17
Osh - the City of King Solomon; Osh → Bishkek (B/-/L)

After breakfast we drive further to Fergana. City tour in Fergana and in Andijan>/strong>. In the afternoon we drive to the border crossing Dostyk between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. We drive to Osh. According to the legend the city of Osh was founded by King Solomon. We visit Suleyman Tou (Mount Solomon), National Museum and the Basar in Osh. Dinner at a local restaurant in Osh. Transfer to the airport and we fly to Bishkek. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 18
Bishkek - Capital of the Nomads; Bishkek → Cholpon-Ata (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Bishkek is situated at about 800 meters (2,600 ft) altitude near the northern range of the Kyrgyz Ala Too range. This range is an extension of the Tian Shan mountains, which rises up to 4,855 meters (15,928 ft) and provides a spectacular backdrop to the city. The distance from Almaty city to Bishkek is 230 km. It will take about 4 hours for the transfer. On the way you will pass a border control. This entire day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic.Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we drive to Cholpon-Ata. On the way to Cholpon-Ata we visit the Burana Tower (11th century) and the Stone Warrior Museum in the open air. On arrival in Cholpon-Ata check into the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 19
Cholpon-Ata: at Lake Issyk Kul; Cholpon-Ata → Bishkek (B/L/D)

After breakfast hiking at the Issyk Kul lake (3 hours). Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we continue to Bishkek (280 km). In Bishkek we have free time. Dinner at a local restaurant in Bishkek. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 20
Bishkek - Capital of the Nomads; Bishkek → Almaty (B/L/D)

After breakfast we visit the Bazaar, where you can get to know the Culture and People of Kyrgyzstan. In the afternoon we drive to Almaty (250 km). Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 21
Almaty - Fatherland of Apples (B/-/D)

After breakfast we will visit the Green Bazaar does not work on Monday, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks – Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world – Zenkov Cathedral is located. After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and Shymbulak resort. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 22
Almaty → Charyn Canyon → Almaty (B/-/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Today you will have a day trip to Charyn Canyons. It is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. The Canyon is about 12 million years old and surprises with its vertical cliffs, reminding the ancient castles, created by wind, sun and rain. It will take about 3 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, you will hear a lot of interesting about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions. And as soon as you see Charyn Canyon you will forget about this long way at once – so much you will be impressed with the beauty and splendor of the canyon. You can admire the grand panorama and then have a walk through the maze of the Castles Valley with its inaccessible walls overhanging you. Lunchbox in Charyn Canyon. Back transfer to Almaty. Dinner at local Restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 23
Early Morning Transfer to the Airport and Departure (-/-/-)

Price includes services:

  • 9 Nights in 4 star hotels in double rooms with Shower/WC
  • 12 Nights in 2-3 star hotels in double rooms with Shower/WC
  • 1 Night in a Tent (mattresses on the floor, bed linen available, Shower/WC outside)
  • 22x Breakfast, 4x Lunch, 21x Dinner
  • Mineral water bottles during the Tour (1,5 L per person per day)
  • Folklore show program in Khiva and Bukhara
  • Services of A/C comfortable transport with professional driver pas per the program
  • Professional English-speaking guides from group arrival to departure
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sights as per the program (except photo and video charges)
  • High-speed train economy-class (Y class) tickets for Samarkand → Tashkent
  • Domestic air tickets: Ashgabat → Mary
  • Domestic air tickets: Mary → Ashgabat
  • Domestic air tickets: Osh → Bishkek

Not included:

  • Visa costs and processing
  • Photo and video charges
  • International air tickets
  • Beverages
  • Meals not indicated in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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Trip Facts

  • $ 405,-
  • TT0039
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 3 - 12
  • Medium
  • Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat
  • Almaty